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Cancer and returning to work

Postby KarenVM87 » Mon Sep 11, 2017 9:29 am

All to often work colleagues, friends and even some family members do not know how to respond when you tell them that you have cancer. I am sure that you know what I am trying to say. So when you get the good news to tell you that you are able to return to work it must be so hard for you to fit back into your work routine. Often you are not able to do the amount of hours or the same job as you did before, but would like to be treated the same as all the others in the workplace. So there is a need for your employer to be educated into helping you. I found this article in helping cancer survivors return to work.

07 Sep 2017

A new Psycho-Oncology analysis of published studies indicates that there are various employer-related factors that can help or hinder cancer survivors as they attempt to go back to work.

The analysis included five studies representing the employers' perspectives and 47 studies representing the cancer survivors' perspectives.

The diversity of the perceived barriers and facilitators related to employer support highlighted in the study indicates the complexity of giving cancer survivors adequate support.

In addition, some perceptions of cancer survivors regarding employer support seemed contradictory--for example, survivors mentioned both the need to be supported and the need to be treated normally in the workplace.

Also, some survivors perceived an employer who updated colleagues about their sickness as a facilitator, while others perceived such an employer as hindering their work participation.

The investigators noted that, to enhance the work participation of cancer survivors, interventions should therefore not have a 'one-size-fits-all' approach, but should be adjusted to survivors' individual preferences and requirements.

To achieve this, effective employer-survivor communication seems to be a prerequisite.

"This study indicates that employers require certain knowledge and skills to support cancer survivors. This is a useful step towards the development of practical interventions to support employers to fulfill their important and complex role, in order to optimise the return to work of cancer survivors," said Dr. Michiel Greidanus, lead author of the study.

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Re: Cancer and returning to work

Postby pennycsf » Mon Sep 11, 2017 11:40 am

Very interesting, Karen.

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Re: Cancer and returning to work

Postby diparkin » Tue Sep 12, 2017 5:44 pm

That looks very informative

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Re: Cancer and returning to work

Postby KarenVM87 » Wed Sep 13, 2017 9:15 am

Yes it is as. At our association's AGM in 2015, we were fortunate to have as our guest speaker Géraldine Magnier who gave a very informative talk on how her company aid french people back into the work place. It is not just the work place, when you are in the midst of having treatment, toing and froing from hospital or doctors appointments and in that bubble, suddenly you left to pick up the pieces of your life before cancer. Its quite a re-adjustment.

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